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NT Cabinet reshuffle sees Nathan Barrett added to ministry to assist Treasurer Dave Tollner

ABC News logo ABC News 16/02/2016
Nathan Barrett (far left) is the only new face brought into Chief Minister Adam Giles' leadership team. © NT Government Nathan Barrett (far left) is the only new face brought into Chief Minister Adam Giles' leadership team.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles has wasted no time in reshuffling his Cabinet following the resignation of Willem Westra van Holthe from the ministry.

The new Cabinet was sworn in with little fanfare by NT Administrator John Hardy at Government House on Monday night.

In the past, such swearing in ceremonies have been promoted by the government but this time there was no media invited.

The Country Liberals Member for Blain, Nathan Barrett, is the only new minister, taking on the Sport and Recreation as well as Young Territorians portfolios.

Mr Barrett will also work with current Treasurer Dave Tollner as the Minister Assisting the Treasurer.

"I think the Chief has put a bit of faith in me, a bit of trust in me," Mr Barrett said.

"Learn from the people around me, learn from the Minister currently, and look at that portfolio being a succession plan to make it seamless, he said.

Lia Finocchiaro was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Chief Minister and will also act as the party whip.

The departure of Mr Westra van Holthe dictated a number of changes to the frontbench, with existing ministers taking on more portfolios.

The new Deputy Chief Minister, Peter Styles, is now the Minister for Public Employment, one of his nine portfolios.

Gary Higgins has assumed responsibility for Primary Industry and Fisheries and Land Resource Management.

The Chief Minister will now directly oversee the police force, taking that portfolio away from Peter Chandler.

Mr Giles has previously expressed concerns about the police force, having announced a judicial inquiry last year, only to scrap the idea on advice from the Solicitor General.

The new Cabinet will meet for the first time today.

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